Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns along the way. Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. You’ll also visit Hungary’s Gödöllö Royal Palace—a favourite retreat of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary.
Set sail on the Danube, take pictures of the impressive views of the Parliament Building as you leave Budapest, and join a lecture on royal dynasties before heading for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Here, enjoy a guided walk through the delightful Old Town and visit the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Vienna, Austria, makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Don’t miss the visit the Schönbrunn Palace—summer residence of the Habsburg monarchy. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of the Wachau Valley.
Continue on the Danube to discover the history of Habsburg with a visit to Arstetten castle or visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk and enjoy a tasting of some of the renowned local wines. In Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany, known for its maze of narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral—a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Guided sightseeing in Regensburg, Germany, shows you the Old Town Hall, Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD—and mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. In beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock. End your holiday with two special nights in Berlin!